Questions You’ll Ask Yourself During Recovery From Addiction

Every experience with addiction is different which means that every person who chooses to go through recovery from addiction will also have different experiences. However, during the recovery process, people may ask themselves the same questions throughout the journey. Knowing the answers to these questions you may ask yourself during the treatment and recovery process can help you overcome the obstacles that you face. This way, you can understand that you’re on the right track to healing and that what you’re thinking and feeling is completely normal and part of the experience.

Some common questions people in recovery from addiction will ask themselves include: 

Am I Always Going to Think About Using Drugs or Alcohol?

One of the most common things that people in recovery from addiction will think about is using drugs or alcohol again. They may wonder, “Am I going to have these thoughts forever?”. Thinking about using drugs or alcohol may be a sign that you’re experiencing cravings, which can happen as the result of long-term drug use and the withdrawal process. These thoughts can also trigger the process of relapse, as people may imagine themselves using and end up going back to these behaviors as a result. But, it’s important to know that having these thoughts is completely normal during recovery. Knowing what to do when you’re having these thoughts is important – reaching out to a sponsor, trusted friend in recovery, or a mental health professional can help. Furthermore, distracting yourself with healthy behaviors can also help including writing your thoughts down, exercising, or attending group therapy sessions.

To answer the question, yes. You may always have thoughts about using drugs or alcohol. However, many find that these thoughts are less frequent or manipulative as time passes especially when the work that’s required to successfully stay sober is done every day.

Does Everyone Need to Know About My Recovery Journey? 

Another question that people in recovery may ask themselves is whether or not they need to tell everyone about their recovery. It can be challenging to want to tell people like coworkers, your boss, or even your closest friends that you’re in recovery. Especially, since there are still so many negative stigmas surrounding both addiction and recovery even today.

The answer to this question may differ from person to person. If you don’t want to tell certain people or people in general that you’re in recovery, you certainly don’t have to. However, you may find that opening up to others about your recovery can keep you more motivated to continue on the path of recovery. And, help to fight stigmas associated with recovery so that the people in your life are more informed about what recovery takes.

Does Recovery Ever Get Any Easier? 

It takes time to feel comfortable in recovery – especially when addiction may have taken up such a large part of your life. So, many people may wonder if the recovery process ever gets any easier. The answer to this question is yes, it does get easier. You’ll find that every day in recovery may not be your best. But, after time passes, it will get easier and easier to stay away from using drugs or alcohol. And, that cravings will start to be less frequent and severe, making it easier to stay sober.

If you or a loved one needs support,  we’re here for you. And, find out more about our supportive therapies, workshops, programs, retreats, and educational tools on the website. 

Dr. Dixie Brown is a PhD level Therapist, Integrative Medicine Practitioner, and Nutritionist with 15 years of experience working in Mental Health, specifically with trauma, eating disorders, and substance use.

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